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About Lento

Lento is committed to providing unique and delicious dishes using food procured as much as possible from local, sustainable and organic purveyors. The word �Lento� is Italian for slow, and we have embraced the slow food movement. This means making everything from scratch, from food that was raised by sustainable and ecologically friendly practices. It means no artificial growth hormones, unnecessary antibiotics, or rendered animal by-products, and a sparing use of pesticides. There are no microwaves or steam tables in our kitchen and everything is cooked fresh to order. Our website lists most of our local providers. We are happy to promote local farmers on the menu so you know exactly where your food is coming from. We hope you enjoy your dining experience and are happy your dollars are staying in the local economy from farm to plate. Very short walk to the Rochester Auditorium. Close proximity to the Universirty of Rochester, RIT, St. John Fisher and Nazareth.

274 North Goodman St
Rochester, NY 14607
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Organic, Italian, Contemporary French / American

Hours of Operation:
Bar:
Tuesday – Friday @ 5-Close
Happy Hour from 5 – 6
Bar is always open until close

Dinner:
Sunday: Closed
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 5 – 9
Wednesday: 5 – 9
Thursday: 5 – 9
Friday & Saturday: 5 – 930

Cross Street:
University Ave.

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(585) 271-3470

Website:
http://www.lentorestaurant.com/

Parking Details:
Parking is located across the street at Rochester Works parking. A sign will be in place indicating the location.

Executive Chef:
Arthur Rogers

Private Party Facilities:
Lento restaurant is happy to host private events. We are able to create customized menus and tasting menus. Please call 585-271-3470 to learn more.

Private Party Contact:
Mitchell K. McLaughlin: (585) 271-3470

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Happy Hour
Monday - Friday from 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Featuring weekly specials on wine, beer, cocktails and select appetizers

Mid-week Specials:



Tuesday:
On Tuesday evenings our Seafood Bar features Dollar Oyster Night, all raw oysters on the half-shell are a dollar off. Reservations are suggested and appreciated!




Wednesday:
Join us for No Corkage Fee Wednesday, bring your favorite bottle of wine in and we will waive the corkage fee.




Thursday:
Our specialty cocktails are the ever-changing product of our bartenders’ imaginations and feature local, seasonal ingredients, homemade mixers and the finest spirits. Join us every Thursday for Specialty Cocktail Night when all of our Craft cocktails are just $5!

Lento Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.4

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Local Ingredients (39)
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Good for Anniversaries (30)
Creative Cuisine (29)
Special Occasion (24)
Handcrafted Cocktails (19)
Healthy (19)
Seasonal (19)
Authentic (17)
Cozy (17)
Neighborhood Gem (16)
Good Vegetarian Options (16)
Happy Hour (14)
Quiet Conversation (14)
Good for Birthdays (13)
Casual (13)
Pre/post Theatre (13)
Romantic (13)
Notable Wine List (12)
Worth the Drive (10)
Bar Seating (9)
Fun (9)
Organic (9)
Great Beer (8)
Tapas (8)
Vibrant Bar Scene (8)
Hot Spot (8)
Good for Groups (6)
Business Meals (5)
Comfort Food (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Paleo Friendly (5)
Vegan (5)
Late-night Find (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Great for Lunch (2)
People Watching (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 5 days ago

A gem of Rochester

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·Dined 5 days ago

I had not been to Lento's in a while and it's still a great place to dine. We went for $1 oyster night. They had a good selection of six different oysters (we had 44 between two of us)! We also had the calamari - best I've ever had. Nice wine, fun to sit at the bar and excellent service.

Tags: Cozy, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on January 5, 2018

Great menu of local-sourced foods. Spectacular meal and outstanding service. Very attentive staff. Must visit again.

Tags: Seasonal, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Gluten Free Options, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Unbelievably tasty food, but entrees are overpriced even given how good they were. I wanted to give “value” three stars, but the food really was wonderful, so that is worth something. Beer selection was also fairly varied with some nice options for all palate preferences. To me, this is a special occasion place.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

It was our 2nd visit to Lento and we were not disappointed, the menu is smaller, which leads to attention to details, no one in our party was disappointed with any of the their meals and we will definitely go again.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Zac was an amazing server! Food was outstanding!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Very nice dining, would not recommend the $60 seafood bar appetizer, or the cheese plate , they are very small and a poorly presented. I was very disappointed and embarrassed, as my west coast guests are used to much nicer. Appetizers.
That’s my only complaint.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Great for family and friends!

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·Dined on December 27, 2017

Definitely a favorite! We Love Lento! Try to come for any occasion. Best oysters in the Rochester area by far!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Great spot in ROC...farm-to-table style....cozy bar.

Tags: Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Had friends in for the holiday and wanted them to experience Lento....we enjoy it every time

Tags: Casual, Fun, Good Vegetarian Options, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Vibrant Bar Scene, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Healthy
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·Dined on December 22, 2017

We had a lovely time.

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·Dined on December 21, 2017

The food was very good but the service and staging of the food was poor. Appetizers came with entrees and were cold.

Tags: Casual, Tapas, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on December 20, 2017

My mom and I ate at Lento prior to a show at the Auditorium Theatre, which is within walking distance (so we didn't have to pay to park!). The overall experience was excellent. The carrot ginger soup was our favorite of the night, but the pheasant and sausage over lentils were also delicious. You can taste how fresh the ingredients are, and you can feel good about supporting local suppliers. I will be back!

Tags: Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Authentic
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 (Miami)·Dined on December 17, 2017

The food and service were both excellent. Thanks Zac for quality service.

Tags: Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Oysters perfect. Charcuterie perfect

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Lento never disappoints. I love that their menu is always new and fresh and their drinks are spot on.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Lento is a special place. The food is superb - imaginative, local, seasonal, and always interesting. The staff is knowledgeable, friendly, and extremely helpful. We love the ambience, which respects the unique architecture of the building. Nothing is phony here. We're demanding diners and this is one of our favorite places.

Tags: Disabled Access, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Happy Hour
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·Dined on December 9, 2017

This was our fourth visit to Lento and we were so disappointed. We were actually shocked at the quality of our meals. When we learned that Lento was offering a fish fry on Fridays, we thought we were in for a real treat as all of our other experiences had been so outstanding. Not the case. The fish was swimming in oil and by the time I picked all of the batter from it there was literally only 2 or 3 ounces of cod. The fries were equally as greasy and the the coleslaw was actually warm - just gross. When I asked the server if there had been a change in chef/kitchen staff she did indicate this to be true so this may explain the situation. She was gracious and comp'd a cocktail, doing the best she could to mitigate our displeasure. We will not be back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Lento has become our go-to restaurant in Rochester, NY for special occasions. It's a unique place to take out-of-town guests to try a great Upper NYS farm-to-table menu. The service is friendly yet super professional and helpful. The food is always good, well prepared and presented. Last time, we tried the house cocktails which were complex and delightful. We never had a bad meal at Lento. We highly recommend it!

Tags: Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Seasonal, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Disabled Access, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Organic, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Food was awesome. Just wish it wasn't so expensive....

Tags: Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Our first time at Lento. Great experience, outstanding food, drink & service!! This will not be our last visit!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Not as good as when we’ve been there before. Table too small and too close to others. Food very good but recommended sweet cocktail was bitter and very expensive..... skip drinks and have dessert

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·Dined on December 1, 2017

The food was delicious, subtly seasoned, and included a medium plate menu. This allowed freedom to choose a starter and dessert. Our server was naturally friendly, and respected our space.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great Beer, Happy Hour, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Healthy, Seasonal, Paleo Friendly, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Excellent choices on their menu list. Wonderful raw bar and the food was delicious. Been back many times.

Tags: Great Beer, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Casual, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 25, 2017

Such an amazing meal and time. I highly recommend Lento for any and all special occasions.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Great experience, food was great!

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·Dined on November 22, 2017

Outstanding understanding and execution of food flavours....original upbeat.

Tags: Bar Seating, Casual, Paleo Friendly, Fun, Romantic, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy, Tasting Menu, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Late-night Find, Healthy
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Our first experience with Lento was several years ago, shortly after they opened, and several more times after that. Our meals were spectacular and special. Our recent visit revealed a menu which mostly resembles “pub fare” - good but not special. I didn’t expect to see a hamburger, French fries, and other items which I’m sure had the chef’s touch to make them different from the same food available elsewhere, but not special. Lento has a unique position among Rochester’s restaurants, but it is slipping.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Hostess forgot we were waiting to be seated for our reservation. Bartenders spent more time talking than serving drinks while we waited. After a half hour and seeing new arrivals being seated I reminded them we were waiting. Our server was great as was the food.

Tags: Casual, Organic, Good for Birthdays, Tapas
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 17, 2017

We go to Lento about once a month for dinner and are usually satisfied with our visit. It can be hit-or-miss however; some meals are wonderful with great flavors and others bland or somehow lacking. The service is always excellent and the menu changes seasonally. Consistency is lacking, but most of the time the overall experience is good and keeps us coming back.

Tags: Seasonal, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 14, 2017

The only thing better than the service was the food. Very enjoyable experience.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Organic
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 (New England)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Terrific dinner and service. The menu is small but creative. Terrific wine list with an excellent selection of NY State wines. We happened upon $1 Tuesday oyster night which was an added treat. We will definitely be back.

Tags: People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 2017

An excellent restaurant with high-end cuisine at good prices. Every course we had was a wonderful experience in taste, quality, and presentation. The ambiance was pleasant to the eye, but the hard surfaces (tile floors, brick walls) meant that when the place was at its most crowded it was quite noisy and hard to have a conversation. The service was very helpful throughout and quick to respond. Overall we had a fine evening.

Tags: Healthy, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Very cool spot, easy (ish) parking, interesting menu, terrific bar staff.
The only miss of our meal was the calimari. Aioli and breading had no flavor.
Other than that, amazing. :-)

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Delicious food! Service was very friendly but a little slow, which worked great for us because we were not in a rush and appreciated the pace. We appreciated not being seated right on top of other diners, and the noise level was fine for conversation. We will definitely be back!

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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Wonderful food, ambience, service! Would come back again and again.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Food was great. Was seated near an exit door and it was pretty cold!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Great food, service and atmosphere! Would go again.

Tags: Authentic, Cozy, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

WOW! Great food, wine, and cocktails! Our server was wonderful as well, and we enjoyed our time at Lento very much. Will definitely return!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails
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